Health Minister Dr. Frank Anthony stated over the weekend that a contract had recently been signed for the construction of a new hospital in New Amsterdam, Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne). During his speech at a newborn conference at the Arthur Chung Conference Centre in Liliendaal, Georgetown, Dr. Anthony made this announcement.
According to the Health Minister, “this would be on the same level as the new (pediatric hospital at Ogle) and this would have about 220 beds with five operating rooms.” The media was informed on Monday that the overall cost for the new hospital is US $161 million.
The contract signing was not previously announced. On August 14, however, Dr. Anthony told residents of Fort Ordinance, Region Six, that the construction of the new hospital would start soon.
He also stated that the New Amsterdam facility’s services had “outlived” them and made a commitment to provide the “best of surgery” and other specialized services in the new facility.
After the Georgetown Public Hospital, which serves as the nation’s primary referral hospital, the current hospital is the most modern in Region Six and the largest in Guyana.
Dr. Anthony also mentioned the new hospital’s plans for a division for psychiatric patients and a specific training area for healthcare professionals at the newborn conference.